Melbourne Fringe: 'the blue flaneuse' by Zan Griffith
‘the blue flaneuse’ uses puppetry and poetry to explore the idea of the bird as a metaphor for hope. It is inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem ‘Hope is the thing with feathers’. ‘the blue flaneuse’ it is based upon the 19th Century artistic figure from Paris, the Flaneur, who wandered the city streets observing the changing city landscape. It is presented by Zan Griffith as a roving piece, where the viewer can drop in to the experience at anytime. It is an interactive piece for all ages, where poems come alive through puppetry. The viewer is invited to contribute their own poem to be used in the next performance. ‘the blue flaneuset brings this piece to the Abbotsford Convent as hope and imagined utopias seem more important than ever in our times.
Zan Griffith is a Melbourne based artist who describes her practice as a rogue lone carnivalesque protest, with masks and puppetry integral elements in her work. She is a current Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) student at RMIT, with a background in education, community work and the visual arts. Over the last few years, Zan Griffith has exhibited in group shows with local Melbourne galleries like Blindside, George Paton and Off the Kerb but her focus is primarily on guerrilla theatre style performances in public space.
Last year she performed the piece, ‘The Judith Shakespeare Theatre Company’ at the Abbotsford Convent with the Melbourne Fringe Festival. She had so much fun, that she just had to come back! ‘the blue flaneuse’ is an iteration of a larger work investigating the notion of the female Flaneur. What might it mean to be ‘flaneuse’ exploring the city today?
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